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View Poll Results: What parts are you comfortable tweaking around?
Braces (internal to guitar's body) 7 4.49%
Bridge 16 10.26%
Bridge Plate 7 4.49%
Finish (ex: glossing a satin finish) 19 12.18%
Frets 34 21.79%
Nut 72 46.15%
Pickguard 75 48.08%
Pickup (permanent ones, not soundhole ones) 56 35.90%
Saddle 119 76.28%
Soundport 11 7.05%
Strings (yes, some prefer to let techs change them) 151 96.79%
Truss Rod 134 85.90%
Tuning Machines 110 70.51%
Others (please explain) 6 3.85%
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Old 05-01-2017, 04:27 PM
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I'll do the simple stuff, saddle, nut, and truss rod adjustment. The rest i leave to the professionals
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Old 05-01-2017, 04:48 PM
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I wonder how many people on the AGF don't change their own strings.

I bought a fret file but I haven't used it yet. Looking forward to some fret leveling on a cheapo.
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Old 05-01-2017, 04:59 PM
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You forgot bridge pins.

I don't do anything that can't be easily reversed. When you mess with something permanent three things can happen, and two of them are bad.

Also forgot end pin jack, preamps and strap buttons.
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Old 05-01-2017, 07:15 PM
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I change my own strings, do my own setups (including turning the truss rod), can level frets (have a homebuilt version of the Erlewine neck jig made the a 4X4, a large piece of 1" marine plywood, for the body, a couple nylon straps to keep the body and head stock in position with All-Thread with rubber caps on the ends in place of the jacks to maintain the position of the neck once the strings are taken off), crown and polish frets, roll fret ends, change tuners, change saddles and nuts (as long as someone else had cut them) and can install a UST (shaving the bottom of the saddle flat and square).

Also reasonably competent shooting poly with a Preval unit or rattle cans. Haven't made the leap to a HVLP gravity feed gun with compressor yet. And once I do, might give nitro a shot (see what I did there?).

But carving bracings, cutting kerflings, shaping neck heels and volutes is beyond me right now. Going to build some kits someday (want to start with a violin, ukulele, dread and a banjo guitar/banjitar/trashcan/6 string banjo).
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Old 05-01-2017, 07:21 PM
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You forgot bridge pins.
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Also forgot end pin jack, preamps and strap buttons.
Bridge pins are relatively easy, compared to the others listed. ;-)

End pin jacks and preamps kind of belong to the pickup section, IMO.

Strap pins... Yeah, maybe that should've been there instead of strings.

But you can only list up to 14 options in a poll, so something had to give.
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Old 05-01-2017, 07:35 PM
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I built a guitar but I'm no luthier and I needed help with shaping the saddle and cutting the nut. I've done some things on the list (steaming off a bridge, removing the neck, even routing off the top) to one of my factory guitars but it was pretty much a goner so I treated it like a med student treats a cadaver. Otherwise the most ambitious thing I've ever done to a factory guitar was to stabilize some key cracks but the repair left a nasty scar.
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I've learned a lot over the years. I (almost) built a guitar about 10 years ago, not quite finished yet. I've installed dozens of pickups, adjusted saddles, action and nuts. Re-fretted my first Martin with SS frets, filed down a couple other fret jobs. The most invasive thing I ever did was remove and re-glue a bridge: super scary at first, super satisfying when it turned out well. Next thing on my list is tweaking the neck angle... I understand the math, just not sure on the technique.


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Old 05-02-2017, 02:57 AM
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I'm good so long as it doesn't involve cutting. I had James install the K&K Mini in my Goodall.
A hole was involved.
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Old 05-02-2017, 03:08 AM
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Saddles, truss rod, strings I can manage and I have very tentatively taken a file to address one very high nut slot on a guitar, but that's about it. I did buy a set of fret erasers (rubbers) in varying degrees of abrasive, for polishing those frets the manufacturer forgot-usually all of them.
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I was at a local guitar shop today when some guy pulled up in a silver Merc and walked in with a Les Paul Custom to have his strings changed... he had arms... I was confused...???
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